John Kasich

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John Kasich
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69th Governor of Ohio
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2019
LieutenantMary Taylor
Preceded byTed Strickland
Succeeded byMike DeWine
Chairperson of the House Budget Committee
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byMartin Sabo
Succeeded byJim Nussle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byBob Shamansky
Succeeded byPat Tiberi
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 15th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 13, 1982
Preceded byRobert O'Shaughnessy
Succeeded byRichard Pfeiffer
Personal details
John Richard Kasich Jr.

(1952-05-13) May 13, 1952 (age 70)
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Lee Griffith (1975–1980)
Karen Waldbillig (1997–present)
Alma materOhio State University

John Richard Kasich Jr. (born May 13, 1952) is an American politician. He was the Governor of Ohio where he has served from 2011 to 2019. He is a Republican. Before being governor, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Ohio Senate.

Early life[change | change source]

Kasich was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.[1] His mother was of Croatian ancestry while his father was Czech.[2][3] Kasich attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in political science. While he was in college, he met US president Richard Nixon in the Oval Office after he wrote to the president.

Early career[change | change source]

He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982. Kasich became known for his role in the balanced budget of the 1990s. He was an advocate of cutting spending to make government work better for less money.

In 1998, he was the main force behind the balanced budget that was signed by President Bill Clinton. After a short lived campaign to be president, he left politics in 2001 and hosted a TV show on Fox News for a time. He also worked in banking.

Governor of Ohio (2011-2019)[change | change source]

He came back to politics in 2010 and won the election to be governor of Ohio and defeated Ted Strickland.

After taking office he passed a law restricting the power of trade unions. This proved to be unpopular and it was repealed in an election, and it hurt Kasich's popularity. However, after this, he passed a balanced budget in Ohio, and his policies helped the state's economy greatly. He did this while cutting taxes.

Kasich became a very popular governor and won reelection by a huge margin in 2014.

2016 presidential campaign[change | change source]

In April, he announced the formation of his New Day For America PAC, which is the first step for a presidential run.

In May 2015, sources close to him said he was "virtually certain" to run for the Republican nomination for president.[4]

Kasich announced his candidacy for president on July 21 at Ohio State University.[5] He suspended his campaign on May 4, 2016.[6]

Personal life[change | change source]

He is married to his wife Karen and has two daughters. Kasich is a Christian, and has been one since his parents were killed in a car crash in 1987. He lives in Westerville, Ohio, near Columbus, with his family.

References[change | change source]

  1. Weisskopf & Maraniss 2008, p. 46.
  2. Gossett, Dave (February 7, 2012). "Kasich relaxes at Wells Academy". Herald-Star. Archived from the original on May 4, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  3. Rechcigl 2013, p. 373.
  4. Karl, Jonathan (May 17, 2015). "Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President, Sources Say". ABC News. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  5. "John Kasich to announce 2016 presidential bid on July 21". Politico. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  6. "John Kasich drops out of presidential race". CNN. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]